Definition of kith in English:

kith

noun

in phrase kith and kin" or "kith or kin
  • One's relations:

    ‘a widow without kith or kin’
    • ‘Seven students at Al-Azhar couldn't stand the suspense anymore and flew to Indonesia to find out the whereabouts of their kith and kin.’
    • ‘He may always be torn about what is best for his career and what is best for his kith and kin.’
    • ‘So although he was descended from the House of Lancaster, it was not an easy task for him to stand against the Yorkists, many of whom were his own kith and kin.’
    • ‘It was not revealed to the readers whether the deceased doctor had any kith and kin.’
    • ‘Those who have already settled here are followed by their kith and kin and acquaintances.’
    • ‘The disaster helped prove the pro-life contention that nothing is more vital and basic to human beings than loving and being loved by one's kith and kin.’
    • ‘Our last meal in Paris which was bittersweet - it's hard to leave since it's been such a fun trip - but we all miss kith and kin and our own beds in our own homes and will be glad to regain them.’
    • ‘I say to the Minister that he and his Government ought to consider this fact: why do Maori who live in Australia earn more than their kith and kin here in New Zealand?’
    • ‘Individuals and groups gravitate towards their own kith and kin.’
    • ‘The major portion of its budget is consumed by the salaries of its huge staff, with bureaucrats and politicians appointing their own kith and kin or other favourites.’
    • ‘What this really meant was that I was at peace with myself, my kith and kin, my Gods and the rest of the world, and that if I had to die today, I was okay with that.’
    • ‘About 70 families turned up for the event along with their kith and kin to exchange their greetings and their cherished memories.’
    • ‘This is clearly a very close family and his daughter believes, with good cause, that Mr Earnshaw's recovery will be quickened by his being back among his kith and kin.’
    • ‘She has brought light in the lives of unfortunate children, most of who have been abandoned by their kith and kin.’
    • ‘The Russians were fighting for the protection of their Slav kith and kin, for the defence of their national honour, and to fulfil their obligations to their ally France.’
    • ‘Passengers with only hand luggage can do a kerbside check-in, get their boarding pass from the ticketing desk and spend more time with their kith and kin.’
    • ‘In addition to this relatives on my wife's side have brought some sweets, gifts, clothes, etc to send to their kith and kin in America.’
    • ‘They are people who probably have relatives on the Angolan side, and the Angolans also have some of their kith and kin on Zambian soil.’
    • ‘They also become financially insecure especially with their dependence on their kith and kin after retirement.’
    • ‘Here, we were far from kith and kin; here, he was free from the old traditions and proprieties.’
    family, parents, relatives, relations, folk, kinsmen, kin, kith and kin, next of kin, one's flesh and blood, one's own flesh and blood, blood relations, blood relatives, nearest and dearest
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Origin

Old English cȳthth, of Germanic origin; related to couth. The original senses were ‘knowledge’, ‘one's native land’, and ‘friends and neighbours’. The phrase kith and kin originally denoted one's country and relatives; later one's friends and relatives.

Pronunciation:

kith

/kɪθ/